Floating in the air buoyed by a gigantic rainbow colored parachute, I could feel the infinite ocean. The thrust of the wind kept me high. I could see him in the speedboat waving at me. Thrill of being in the air! How does it feel like ? A bird without wings. Slowly I was drifting down and my heart started sinking. I crashed into the ocean with a splash and Oh ! the salty water . I looked at the speedboat with a racing heart and blurred vision . Then, they again took me up.
My first parasailing experience in Koh Samet which left me with a fantastic adrenaline high.It was our first wedding anniversary.
With its capital Bangkok ,which is officially the most visited city in the world, Thailand is an interesting myriad of friendly culture , lip smacking cuisine , splendid royal palaces, glorious temples , stunning beaches , and plenty of shopping choices that can allure even the most finicky of tourists. It has something in its platter for everyone.
It started with a long queue, quite expectedly, at the Bangkok airport for Thailand’s visa on arrival . It was already dark by the time we checked in at our downtown hotel. One could not miss the view of the glitzy skyscrapers from the hotel window in the late evening. We refused to call it a day and moved out quickly by freshening up a bit. We walked, and walked.Swanky hotels and vibrant streets felt like a fashion runway. We experienced the street food, night life, Tuk-Tuks, a cruise on the Chao Phraya river.Well dressed women selling alcohol at a small cart was surely not a common sight for me.
Next morning started with soaking up in a huge rooftop infinity pool followed with a sumptuous breakfast. Endless variety !( My favorite part of every trip ). We particularly loved the mango with sticky rice. We left for Wat Arun and Wat Pho temples, the former named as the “temple of dawn” for its brilliant silhoutte at the time of sunset on the bank of the Chao Phraya . The architecture is a mix of Khmer and Thai styles. Being the icon of Thailand it should be on everyone’s visit list. Next was Wat Pho , famous for its impressive reclining Buddha statue which is 46 meters long and 15 meters high and is gold plated. It is expected of tourists to dress & behave modestly in the temple complex.
Reaching Koh Samet was an adventure in itself. Thanks to the infamous traffic of Bangkok , we got delayed,missed the last ferry, and had to book an expensive private speedboat late into the night.The boat was dancing on the waves and almost threw us into the ocean. The darkness all around and our speed sent a few shivers down our spines. We heaved a sigh of relief the moment we reached the ferry terminal.
We were taken in by the peppy vibes of the Island the moment we entered . Small colorful shops ,an undulating pathway, charming restaurants decorated with ferry lights and jazzy music, people dancing on beaches instantly lifted us up. Our resort was also a huge reason for the big smiles on our faces. An infinity pool facing the ocean, casual yet hospitable staff, cozy rooms with ocean facing balconies.
After an early morning walk on the beach, I tried my hand at parasailing the next day as I love being in the air. We later zipped around on a rental scootie like a teenage couple! We went for a short hike in the forest adjacent to the ocean, which was an amazing experience in itself. Watching fire shows on the island’s beaches from the pool at night was such a delight!
Thailand’s hospitality standards are impeccable. There is so much to do in the country that a single visit is just not enough .We would surely love to visit this magnificent country again !